Yankees get Austin Kearns

Austin Kearns
Austin Kearns

NEW YORK — The Yankees expect to acquire Lance Berkman from the Houston Astros on Saturday and already worked out a deal to obtain outfielder Austin Kearns from the Cleveland Indians.

New York will send a couple of prospects to the Astros, a baseball executive familiar with the discussions said. The executive spoke on condition of anonymity because talks were ongoing.

"Nothing's been completed," Berkman said Friday in Houston, before the Astros played Milwaukee.

A five-time All-Star, Berkman has full no-trade rights and his approval was necessary for a trade. He was not in the starting lineup against the Brewers.

Kearns, a former Lafayette star, left Cleveland's game at Toronto in the seventh inning on Friday night, and was traded to the Yankees for a player to be named or cash. The former first-round draft pick is hitting .272 with eight homers and 42 RBI.

Berkman appeared to be the more significant acquisition. The 34-year-old began Friday hitting .245 with 13 homers and 49 RBI. He has 60 walks and 70 strikeouts in 298 at-bats.

Berkman said Astros General Manager Ed Wade discussed the possibility of a trade with him.

"He approached me two days ago with a list of probably eight teams that had expressed some interest. There were four yeas and four nays. There were some that were just no possibility," Berkman said.

Berkman would fill the designated hitter slot originally intended for Nick Johnson, who returned to the Yankees during the off-season. The brittle Johnson has been on the disabled list since May 8 with a right wrist injury that required surgery.

Berkman, last an All-Star in 2008, is making $14.5 million this year. His contract includes a team option for 2011 at $15 million with a $2 million buyout.

Jackson to White Sox

The Arizona Diamondbacks traded away an All-Star pitcher for the second time in a week, sending right-hander Edwin Jackson to the Chicago White Sox for rookie Daniel Hudson and prospect David Holmberg.

Arizona shipped three-time All-Star Dan Haren to the Angels last week. The last-place Diamondbacks continued their rebuilding project by moving Jackson, an All-Star in 2009 who tossed a no-hitter June 25 against Tampa Bay.

Hudson was Chicago's minor league pitcher of the year last season.

Guzman last to first

Infielder Cristian Guzman is heading to the first-place Rangers from the last-place Nationals in exchange for two minor-league pitchers.

The Rangers have been busy, also adding ace Cliff Lee from Seattle, third baseman Jorge Cantu from Florida, and catcher Bengie Molina from San Francisco. The Guzman deal comes a day after Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler went on the 15-day DL.

The 32-year-old Guzman hit .282 with two homers and 25 RBI while seeing time at second base, shortstop and right field for the Nationals.

Washington gets right-handed starters Ryan Tatusko and Tanner Roark from the Rangers. At Double-A Frisco this season, the 25-year-old Tatusko is 9-2 with a 2.97 ERA, while the 23-year-old Roark is 10-5 with a 4.20 ERA.